Celebrities and sleep apnea: Who do you know?

Were you recently diagnosed with sleep apnea or have a family member who just started using a CPAP device? You’re not alone. In addition to an estimated 20 million Americans who have sleep apnea, there are lots of celebrities (both men and women) who have also publicly shared their struggles with the disease. Who do you know on this list of 20 celebrities?

1. Shaquille O’Neal, basketball player

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See the Harvard Medical School video here

2. Reggie White, football player
Died from complications of sleep apnea

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3. William Shatner, actor

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4. Rosie O’Donnell, actor and comedian

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5. Jerry Garcia, musician
Died from complications of sleep apnea

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6. Regis Philbin, media personality

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7. Roseanne Barr, actor and comedian

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8. Quincy Jones, music executive

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9. Randy Jackson, musician and music producer

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10. John Candy, actor

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11. Anne Rice, author

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12. Brett Favre, football player

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13. William Howard Taft, 27th US president

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14. JaMarcus Russell, football player

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15. Larry the Cable Guy, comedian

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16. Graham Elliot, celebrity chef

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17. Justin Tennison, star in reality TV show The Deadliest Catch
Died from complications of sleep apnea

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18. Adam Savage, host of Mythbusters

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19. George Kennedy, actor

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20. Andy Richter, comedian

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Sleep apnea is a serious disease. If untreated, sleep apnea can lead to health conditions like diabetes and heart disease. Diagnosis can be made in a sleep center or, for some patients, at home. Therapy, like CPAP, can eliminate the negative health effects of sleep apnea.

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  1. Earnestine Guest Reply

    I have a very cheap CPAP because I am on Medicaid and it is so loud that is hard to go to sleep. I am disabled and I can’t afford to get another one so I have to get the one that the government allow. I would love to have the sanitizer but I can’t afford it.

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